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Profit : August, 2012
New Issue Now Available
The August 2012 issue of Profit is now available online. Contents include:

  • The Middleware Advantage
  • Playing to Win
  • Adjustable Loans
  • Future Proof
  • Spring Training
  • Keeping Online Customers Happy

Profit's editor says, "Technologies continuously evolve—some become standard practice, some are revived or reinvented, and some are left by the wayside. But the drive to innovate and the desire to succeed are business principles that never go out of fashion."

Automating the Installation and Setup of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0
Using the Automated Installer in Oracle Solaris 11
Lucia Lai has written a procedure that leverages the Solaris 11 Automated Installer (AI) to automate the installation and configuration of an Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 cluster. The AI enables the installation of both Oracle Solaris 11 and the Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 packages onto the cluster nodes directly from Image Packaging System (IPS) repositories, and the nodes are booted into a new cluster with minimum user intervention. Only cluster nodes that use IPv4 addressing can be configured using the automated installation method. Nodes that use IPv6 addressing must be installed using the standard (manual) IPS installation method.
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.12
Release Now Available on My Oracle Support Site
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.12, a maintenance release that contains several new features and fixes a number of bugs, is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site, and, in approximately two weeks, will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, reports Andy Bang in a MySQL Enterprise Tools Blog. Complete details on the release can be found in the changelog.
Best Practices for Building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment: White Paper
Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Controls Configuration
"Best Practices for Building a Virtualizedd SPARC Computing Environment," an Oracle white paper, shows how to plan for and implement a robust, scalable and highly performant virtualized computing environment using the full Oracle stack: Oracle SPARC T4 servers, Sun 10GbE switches, and Sun FS Storage Appliances, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Opls Center 12, which serves as the single point for monitoring and managing the virtualized infrastructure as well as the physical infrastructure. The paper addresses both design best practices and operational best practices.
ZFSBuild 2012 Due Soon
More Power than ZFSBuild 2010 at Same Price Point

ZFSBuild 2012 is being designed to deliver more CPU, much more RAM, more cache, better drives, and better chassis than its ZFSBuild 2010 at the same price point: $USD 6765. The original ZFSBuild was based on 12GB of memory. ZFSBuild 2012 starts with 64 GB using 8GB DIMMs. The motherboard has the capacity to go to 256GB with 32GB DIMM’s. The team plans to evaluate Nexenta Enterprise, OpenIndiana, and revisit FreeNAS’s ZFS implementation running the same battery of tests used in 2010 for the original ZFSBuild 2010 benchmarks.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 175 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 174 Issue 1,2,3, 4 and 5; Vol 173 Issue 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • Linux and Solaris Under One Oracle Roof: Interview with Wim Coekearts
  • Current SPARC Architectures
  • Amping Up Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2
  • ZFS Day
  • Oracle Magazine Sept/Oct 2012 - Security on the Move
  • Interview about MySQL Connect
  • illumos Day
  • Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Reviewing Some of the Advanced Features of the Btrfs File System in Oracle Linux
  • Managing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Centerd 12c

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    Attention CIOs: Shop Open Source First
    Amadeus Report Says Proprietary Solutions Take Second Place
    "Open for business: The value of Open Source Software in transaction processing" is a paper written by Jim Norton for Amadeus. In his ComputerWorld blog on the paper Loek Essers quotes Norton as having said, "By migrating to open source, enterprises can benefit from greater and swifter innovation, improved supplier responsiveness and enhanced systems accessibility and support." Add to that the comfort level the new generation of IT personnel have in working with open source solutions, not to mention the expected estimated 20 percent savings in licensing costs, and open source looks like a good bet to Norton, even for OLTP.
    Shopping for Open Source Solutions?
    Here Are 10 Award-winning Apps to Try
    InfoWorld's Katherine Noyes summarizes the Best of Open Source Software Awards (the Bossies):

    • Inkscape: Vector graphics editor rivals Adobe Illustrator
    • Audacity: Cross-platform software for audio recording and editing
    • Plone: Industrial strength content management tool
    • KeePass: Stores passwords in a secure database with top-tier encryption
    • Gallery: Web-based photo album organizer
    • Feng Office: Web-based package that integrates project management, client relationship management, billing, and financing
    • Magento: An e-commerce platform
    • OpenEMR: Management tool for electronic health records and medical practice management
    • GnuCash: Personal and small-business financial-accounting software
    • FrontAccounting: Web-based package for managing the entire ERP chain

    We will also publish articles for each of the Bossie categories.

    Bossies 2012: The Herd Grows in Number
    The Best of Open Source Software Awards
    InfoWorld's annual Best of Open Source Software Awards for 2012 (Bossie 2012) has grown in scope to include more than 100 products cited for excellence. These products are in seven categories, as Peter Wayner of InfoWorld explains, extending from application development tools to "games and other fun stuff." The categories include:

    • Best open source applications
    • Best open source application development tools
    • Best open source data center and cloud software
    • Best open source databases
    • Best open source desktop applications
    • Best open source networking and security software
    • Now for something completely different

    Clearly, the FOSS horizons are limitless.

    Bossies 2012: The Best Open Source Business Applications
    The Best of Open Source Software Awards
    InfoWorld's Bossie Awards 2012 has picked 24 open business applications for recognition. The list includes:

    • Movable Type, WordPress, Plone, Joomla, Drupal, Typo3, Alfresco, Gallery, SugarCRM, vTiger, Magento, Spree, FrontAccounting, Feng Office, Gnucash, OpenERP, Openbravo, xTuple, OrangeHRM, OpenEMR, Pentaho, Bonita Open Solution, Liferay Portal, Diaspora

    We will be publishing other Bossie winners over the next few weeks.

    VirtualBox 4.2Â
    A Fan's Notes
    This is a love story about VirtualBox 4.2. Tim Hall says he has been "throwing some RAC, WebLogic and Cloud Control installations on it at home and it’s been coping just fine. I’m especially loving the grouping stuff. Grouping [VMs]and collapsing the group is great!" He does cite one problem, which involves the disappearance of the interface when he dragged one Windows VM (with two virtual disks) into a group. This was rectified by resorting to the Virtual Media Manager to delete the reference to the so-called missing disk and then adding it once again by re-selecting the file from the file system.
    Java Technology
    The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics, 4th Edition (Java Series)
    Offers Proficiency in Java SE
    "The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics, 4th Edition (Java Series)" by Sharon Zakhour, Scott Hommel, Jacob Royal, Isaac Rabinovitch, Tom Risser, Mark Hoeber is announced on, which calls the text "a hands-on guide to the Java programming language perfect for any developer looking for a proven path to proficiency with Java SE." The authors have written a completely revised and updated edition to cover Java SE 6 using a tested, interactive approach, featuring real-world problems that teach the Java platform by example. Altogether new chapters cover generics, collections, Java Web Start, the platform environment, and regular expressions.
    'Security Inside Out': Oracle's Security Newsletter
    September 2012 Features Articles on Security at OpenWorld, Privileged Account Manager
    The September 2012 edition of "Security Inside Out," Oracle's security newsletter, is now available. The issue features articles on Security at OpenWorld; FAQ on Label-based Access Controls for multilevel security within Oracle Database 11g; and an overview of Oracle's Privileged Account Manager, a solution that provides advanced administrative and provisioning capabilities to increase the security of high-risk accounts while also streamlining password management. Subscribe today.
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